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Muskrat Floats revisited #7285430
06/13/21 06:18 PM
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Does anyone use these ... do they work? [Linked Image]
Lol, just making conversation


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285455
06/13/21 06:41 PM
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They won't work in Minnesota. No open water spring season. South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. Heck yeah!


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285473
06/13/21 06:52 PM
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I know...I have just 60 of them, and I need another 150 or so...but they dont work here...unless you use them in a certain scenario. Super secret, apparrently


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapperkeck] #7285479
06/13/21 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by trapperkeck
They won't work in Minnesota. No open water spring season. South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. Heck yeah!

Yeah, but I hear all the NE guys move here for the great trapping. What's up with that ?


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285481
06/13/21 06:54 PM
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I should get my lifetime liscense here, and move to NE, now there's a plan, and take them floats with me.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285484
06/13/21 06:55 PM
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Those crappy long springs are no good. You have to use 1.5 coils or you will lose half your catch. #2's are even better. More weight to get them down fast, don'tcha know.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285493
06/13/21 07:01 PM
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I've heard that before, but these tiny rats I have up here die in the 1 1/2 longs easy. We aint got them 6lb rats you are accustomed to. But, that was a demonstration float in the pic, I use them longs for that, but prefer duke coils in the 1 1/2, and or any trap that floats in a pinch...weak 2s and 3s too.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285502
06/13/21 07:09 PM
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I use floats in the fall Les. They work, of course in the right areas. I bait mine with apples and put the floats out before season and let them get eating on the apples. When the season starts I just add the traps and hope we dont get to cold of weather to fast.

Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285506
06/13/21 07:12 PM
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Me too, I use apples, parsnips , and or squash. Parsnips shine on a float.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285507
06/13/21 07:13 PM
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Floats work good in areas where water levels rise and fall regularly.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285509
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Slap some cattail roots, stems and water grass in the middle of that float and they will come.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285512
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Originally Posted by trapper les
Floats work good in areas where water levels rise and fall regularly.

I agree, I trap a small creek in one area and if we get any rain traps can be put under water a long ways before a rat will get there.

Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285514
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The big lake near me affects all the bays for miles around, by about 9 or 10" at the most, and when ever the wind changes.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285517
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I suppose you get any wind it is just like tide water up there. Can rise and fall quickly.

Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285524
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Yes, that is the nice thing about the float, and unless you are at a rat house, it is a lower percentage set. But, a percentage is a percentage. I see it as viable. I may change my design a little , not much, by making the float as short as possible and still floating the two traps . The rat will climb to the highest point, which is evidenced by what happens when you set a trap on a pile of rat turds.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285526
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A feed bed out in the reeds might be there for a day or two until the water rises or the wind comes up, but a float still works.


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285548
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We don't have hardly any open water spring rat trapping so floats are not really effective here. I had 30 that I put in specific spots for two fall seasons and did OK, so I set them again and got those and my coon line out and it rained a lot and lost all my other open water rat setting. Paid too much attention to a less efficient system and put them in my son's outdoor wood burner and that got me out of that system.

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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285566
06/13/21 07:59 PM
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I've got about 250 of those floats laying around here somewhere. Considering the price of lumber I'll sell them to you Les, for 20 bucks a piece. What a bargain.

Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: Steven 49er] #7285577
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I have a sawmill, I can make lumber, lol


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Re: Muskrat Floats revisited [Re: trapper les] #7285770
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It's the blue high density Styrofoam that is expensive, Les pay him in Canadian money, by the time the boarders open it will be par.

Make your nail to fit in the base hole and have the traps on the outside edge.

Rally's poles look good.

Get a pool noodle and cut 5-6 inches and insert in the top of the pole, keeps the top floating and highly visiable

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